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A Message from DCI CEO Dan Acheson

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Sadly, yet predictably, the centipede is dropping more shoes.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hi. I’m Dan Acheson, CEO of Drum Corps International.

I want to share some very important information with you. In fact, with the entire Drum Corps International Community and everyone who has an interest in the activity.

As you know, this year has held significant challenges — for DCI and for all our participating organizations. We’ve come face to face with allegations of abuse and inappropriate behavior within our community.

These situations and misconduct of any kind — totally inexcusable, and we grieve for everyone who has suffered in any way.

In the wake of these challenges, we’ve also had the opportunity to make sweeping changes in our policies and procedures — changes that safeguard our participants and improve the culture. Changes that provide a strong framework for safety and wellness throughout the DCI community.

We are steadfast in our commitment to ensure the safety, health, and wellness of every performer, staff member, and volunteer involved in DCI at any level.

A reporter has informed us that another story on drum corps is forthcoming. The writer says, “It will outline a number of examples I have found of people who have worked or volunteered in the activity in recent years who were accused of having inappropriate relationships with students or who have criminal records including crimes of a sexual nature. It will be an in-depth look at these cases and at the policies of both DCI and individual corps.”

We wanted to share this information with you before you read it online or see it on social media.

The reporter didn’t share the contents of the story with us. However, DCI has gone to great lengths to address the issues and to provide a safe environment now and in the future.

Criminal records? DCI has a background check policy.

Inappropriate relationships? DCI prohibits them.

Not adhering to the Code of Conduct for hiring practices or any other violation? DCI can prohibit participation. And we have.

If we receive reports of misconduct through the hotline, our online form, or through any other reporting mechanism, we follow up, and we take action.

We needed to strengthen our policies and procedures. We’ve done that. And we’ll do more.

No doubt this new story will follow the same pattern as those that have come before it. Unfortunately, we can’t change the past. But we can change the present and impact the future.

And we are.

We will continue to keep you informed, and together, we’ll move forward to keep DCI at the forefront of marching music performance.

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What in the world. "Some #### is about to hit the fan, but it's fine, we're all fine, everything's fine...here....how are you?"

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10 minutes ago, MusicManNJ said:

Sadly, yet predictably, the centipede is dropping more shoes.

We knew it was coming.  It’s just coming later than expected.  

I wonder if it’s the Philadelphia Enquirer or another news outlet?  

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Code of Conduct which is dated only 5 months ago. Will be interested in seeing when they suspected allegations occurred and if anyone followed the hot line regs if 2018. IMO appears you can’t rely on all the corps to police themselves and report it. Strengthen all you want but if the policy ain’t working it’s not going to help 

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6 minutes ago, Terri Schehr said:

We knew it was coming.  It’s just coming later than expected.  

I wonder if it’s the Philadelphia Enquirer or another news outlet?  

My guess would be either Tricia (Inquirer) or Jaccii (Allentown TV). My guess is, if DCI is posting this, we will know soon enough.

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Well that’s sad.... click the link to go to the site to report violations. Right after the form to report is a link to this announcement. It’s like here is how we are handling this, but....

And you’d think the reporting piece would be important enough to be on a separate page. Here it’s lumped in with the latest updates and etc

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Here we go again. I hope all these people get weeded out of DCI permanently. 

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I'd say DCI asked the journalist to sit on the story for a day or two so they could get a letter out with Dan' name on it.  A little late for me, too much cya, and not telling us why other incidents they new about were not handled sooner.

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